VISION TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING AT NIGHT

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Glare is difficulty seeing in the presence of bright light such as direct or reflected sunlight or artificial light such as car headlamps at night.

High-Intensity Light(HID) and Light Emitting Diode(LED) are being used in new vehicles in recent years. These lights when used as headlight, helps drivers to see farther distance objects and people. But most of the drivers usually complain of discomfort glare with the newly changed headlights. Studies suggest disability Glare is found to be minimum in such cases as experienced by the drivers. Discomfort Glare is found to be more in contact lens wearers, People with Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and Dry Eyes.
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 How to Help yourself with such Glare?

  • Never look directly to the light of the oncoming vehicle. Try to slow down, to avoid glare and accidents. Look away until the vehicle passes.
  • Clean your windshield, Replace Wipers and Keep Headlight Covering clean from dust and snow.
  • Use high beam only when appropriate. Ensure the headlights are positioned well. Do not use high beam in fog.
  • Turn off inside light and dim the dashboard light. This helps you to look easily on the road without glare. 
  • Anti-Reflective coating on the prescription glasses will help you with dashboard light, street lights and lights from oncoming vehicles.
  • Use lubricating eye drops before you start driving. Do not forget to blink while driving. People with dry eyes experience maximum glare.
  • Do not aim dashboard air vents towards the face or eyes.
  • Dim your headlights when there are oncoming vehicles or if you are driving behind a vehicle. 
  • Use only lights approved by vehicle manufacturers.
  • People with Refractive laser Surgery experience glare for a short period of time. Visit your eye doctor regularly.
  • Some other glare conditions might be a sign of eye diseases like Cataracts, Corneal Diseases, Glaucoma or Contact Lens Complications.

Source- A.O.A fact sheet.